A man caught trying to enter Germany with a cheque worth about £44.5 million was Iran's former central bank chief, it has been reported.
The German newspaper Bild am Sonntag's Sunday edition said customs officers at Duesseldorf airport found the cheque in Tahmasb Mazaheri's luggage on January 21 upon his arrival from Turkey.
German customs issued a statement on Friday saying a cheque for 300 million bolivars issued by the Bank of Venezuela was found on an unnamed 59-year-old man.
Neither customs nor Iran's embassy could be reached for comment.
Mr Mazaheri was the governor of the Central Bank of Iran until 2008.
Bild am Sonntag said German police and customs were investigating possible money laundering.